After 10 years of feeding Barrie, Fresh-A-Fare has been forced to close permanently.
In a statement posted to Facebook, the restaurant’s Ester Sattler said they have been unable to find ways to work out a concept around new regulations.
“Our pilot location opened its doors in downtown Barrie 10 years ago,” reads the post. “Since then, we have been fortunate to get to know so many of you quite well. Some of you have become good friends.”
The Welham Road restaurant is far from the only local business affected by the economic impacts of COVID-19; despite financial assistance from all levels of government, many small businesses have been forced to take drastic measures.
A recent survey by the Canadian Federation of Independent Business indicates over a third, or 32 percent, of Canadian small businesses are unsure they will be able to reopen their doors.